Inhalant abuse on the rise

Inhalant Abuse on the Rise Locally

?The Chillicothe Police Department has seen an increase in people abusing inhalants. Inhalant abuse, or huffing as it is commonly referred to, is the inhalation of vapors from common household items. According to statistics, 2.1 million children in America experiment with some form of inhalant. Nearly 18% of all eighth grade students have at least experimented with inhalant abuse nationally. However, this is also an issue that we have experienced with adults as much as with juveniles locally. Although these signs are not always present, here is a list of common warning signs:

1. Drunk, dazed or dizzy appearance
2. Slurred or disoriented speech
3. Uncoordinated physical symptoms
4. Red or runny eyes and noses
5. Spots and/or sores around the mouth
6. Unusual breath odor or chemical odor on clothing
7. Signs of paint or other products where they wouldn’t normally be, such as on face, lips, nose or fingers
8. Nausea and/or loss of appetite
9. Chronic inhalant abusers may exhibit such symptoms as hallucinations, anxiety, excitability, irritability, restlessness, or anger

The Chillicothe Police Department wants to encourage parents to discuss inhalant abuse
while discussing other substances of abuse. By having these discussions with your child you greatly decrease the likelihood of your child becoming involved in inhalant abuse. Some of the things parents can discuss with their child are:

1. Proper use of household chemicals
2. The possibility that their friends may misuse inhalants and how they should react to peer pressure
3. The consequences of not using these chemicals correctly and in a well ventilated area
4. Be clear in the consequences of misuse of household chemical, including that it has been known to lead to death
5. The necessity of reading labels on household chemicals
For more information concerning inhalant abuse you can go to The Chillicothe Police Department also offers a presentation for parent and community groups that gives specific information regarding inhalant abuse. If this is something that you would be interested in please contact Officer Bud Lytle at (740) 773-1191 or you can email

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